Police Officer

$5,639 - $6,784 monthly
  • City of Bozeman
  • Bozeman, MT, USA
  • Jul 02, 2024
Full time Police/Sheriff

Job Description

The Bozeman Police Department is now accepting applications for Police Officers.

Our hiring process will begin with phone interviews the week of August 19th, 2024. The next step of the process is scheduled to be held in Bozeman, MT, the week of September 30th – October 4th, 2024.   Testing will consist of the following:

  • The written test and Montana Physical Abilities Test for invited applicants will be held on the morning of Monday, September 30th, 2024 in Bozeman. 
  • Initial oral interviews and practical exercises for applicants who successfully pass the written AND physical abilities exams will be held from Monday, September 30th – Wednesday, October 2nd, 2024.
  • An additional oral interview for successful applicants will be held on Thursday, October 3rd, 2024.

Entry and lateral level applicants who successfully pass the above phases may be offered a conditional job.  The background process, psychological testing, and medical evaluations have been scheduled to begin on Friday, October 4th, 2024.  If you are from out of state, plan on being in Bozeman from September 30th – October 4th, 2024 to complete all of the testing.  

Bargaining Unit: BPPA
Fair Labor Standards Act Status: Non-Exempt
Work Schedule: Shift Work – Varies (workweek consists of four, 10-hour shifts)
Anticipated Start Date: January 6th, 2025

Examples of Essential Work Only (Illustrative) 

  • Enforces all local, State, and Federal laws within the jurisdiction of the City in coordination with other Police Departments in surrounding jurisdictions;
  • Provides information and assistance to motorists,  pedestrians, and the general public as it relates to law enforcement functions;
  • Patrols all assigned areas, monitors activity to identify violations of applicable law, and takes appropriate actions to deal with the situation, including making arrests and charging suspects, issuing citations, issuing written warnings, or rectifying situations through a dialogue with all parties involved as warranted;
  • Maintains a highly visible presence within the community for the purpose of deterring crime, maintaining good community relations, and providing an identifiable source for citizen assistance, guidance, protection, and service;
  • Evaluates the need to advise suspects of their constitutional rights and advises all arrested individuals as required;
  • Enforces all traffic laws and issues warnings or takes enforcement action  for violations;
  • Responds to calls and/or complaints from citizens, takes statements from all parties involved, identifies any violations, and determines appropriate action as situations warrant;
  • Communicates with other officers and supervisors as needed;
  • Investigates misdemeanor crimes and traffic crashes and takes appropriate enforcement action  as warranted;
  • Performs residential and business security checks;
  • Provides emergency medical attention to citizens when responding to calls for assistance;         
  • Maintains all appropriate reports and records of criminal and arrest activity for use in both documentation and prosecution and gives testimony in open court;
  • Collects evidence at crime scenes and interviews witnesses;
  • Assess and make decisions regarding the  reasonable use of less-lethal or lethal force;
  • Maintains security and possession of a firearm and related equipment at all times;
  • Monitors an assigned area in order to prevent crime, traffic violations, and crashes, including stopping motorists for vehicle maintenance violations, and/or unsafe, illegal, or suspicious actions as necessary;
  • Apprehends individuals suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and administers appropriate tests as required;
  • Protects and secures crash, disaster, and crime scenes to ensure the preservation of evidence for investigation and protection of persons and property;
  • Responds to burglar alarms, armed robberies, assaults, other crimes in progress, and general calls for police assistance;
  • Conducts investigations of criminal complaints and other deceptive practices, including collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses, appearing and testifying in court, and applying and serving search and arrest warrants as necessary;
  • Locates and processes stolen vehicles;
  • Provides assistance to  motorists with inoperable vehicles and arranges for the immediate removal of stranded vehicles to ensure public safety;
  • Responds to civil and disturbance of the peace calls, and takes appropriate action to ensure public safety, including communicating with emotionally disturbed persons and restraining uncooperative individuals;
  • Prepares complete and accurate reports on all arrests, citations, warnings, and other enforcement  activities as required;
  • Appears and testifies in court as required;
  • Acts as a liaison between the Police Department and the news media, local organizations, schools, and the general public to ensure effective working relationships and positive public relations, including working with other local civic groups to educate the general public on issues such as  public health, child safety, traffic safety, and anti-drug and violence campaigns;
  • Addresses citizens’ complaints or concerns regarding significant and/or controversial issues,  and takes appropriate measures to ensure an expedient resolution or citizen satisfaction;
  • Stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of law enforcement;
  • Oversees the use and care of equipment as required;
  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions;
  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in assigned work areas;
  • Responds to citizens’ questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;
  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;
  • Performs other duties consistent with the role and function of this classification.

Minimum Required Qualifications

In order to be considered for a position with the City of Bozeman Police Department as a Probationary Police Officer, applicants must meet the minimum following qualifications:
  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be  at least 18 years of age;
  • Be fingerprinted and a search made of the local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record; 
  • Must not have been convicted of a crime for which the person could have been imprisoned in a federal or state penitentiary; 
  • Be of good moral character, and conduct personal life above reproach as determined by a thorough background investigation;
  • Be a high school graduate or possess a G.E.D. certificate;
  • Possess or be eligible to obtain a Montana driver's license at time of hiring;
  • Be of sound physical and mental health;
  • Must successfully pass the written examination and Montana Physical Abilities Test conducted by the Bozeman Police Department.   A video of the Montana Physical Abilities Test can be found at http://youtu.be/ObQcu2BJ5KU.
  • Must successfully pass oral interviews and additional testing to demonstrate the possession of communication skills, temperament, motivation, and other characteristics necessary to the accomplishment of the duties and functions of a peace officer; and
  • Must be certified or eligible to be certifiable by the Montana Public Safety Officer Standards and Training Advisory Council (POST) as a full-time or part-time peace officer.        

Employment offers are conditional based upon satisfactory responses to job-related medical, hearing, vision, psychological examinations, an extensive background investigation, and possibly a drug test.

Entry Level:
  • High School Diploma or GED; and
  • Some previous law enforcement experience preferred; or
  • Any combination of experience and training which provides the equivalent scope of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work.
Lateral Transfer:
  • High School Diploma or GED; and
  • Must have a current/valid transferable POST law enforcement basic certificate at the time of hire; and
  • Must have completed a law enforcement officer basic course; and
  • Must have served at least one full year with a law enforcement agency; and
  • Must have successfully completed a one-year probationary period with their prior law enforcement employer.
MONTANA POST certified Lateral Transfer:
  • High School Diploma or GED; and
  • Must have current State of Montana POST law enforcement basic certificate at the time of hire;
  • Must have completed a law enforcement officer basic course; and
  • Must have served at least one full year with a law enforcement agency; and
  • Must have successfully completed a one-year probationary period with their prior law enforcement employer.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Substantial knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws governing police activities and operations, including all related criminal and civil laws and ordinances;
  • Substantial knowledge of the Department's policy, protocols and practices;
  • Substantial knowledge of crime prevention and law enforcement, including investigation and identification, patrolling, traffic control, records management, and care and custody of persons and property;
  • Substantial knowledge of the functions and objectives of Federal, State, and City  law enforcement agencies as applicable to community law enforcement, particularly with reference to apprehension, arrest, search and seizure, evidence and records maintenance, and traffic control;
  • Substantial knowledge of tactical response and rescue operations;
  • Substantial knowledge of court procedures and practices;
  • Substantial knowledge of all required law enforcement equipment, weapons, and emergency vehicles;
  • Substantial knowledge of the principles and practices of safe driving;
  • Substantial knowledge of first aid and personnel safety procedures;
  • Ability to maintain a calm and controlled demeanor in life threatening and/or emergency situations;
  • Ability to identify and respond to community and law enforcement issues, concerns, and needs;
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, flexibility, creativity, and sensitivity in response to changing  needs and situations;
  • Ability to efficiently perform forensic examinations, criminal investigations, and other related police and public safety functions and activities;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, , other  law enforcement personnel, emergency response, court personnel, medical and legal professionals, other government employees, media representatives and the general public;
  • Ability to safely and efficiently operate a vehicle in hazardous traffic and/or weather conditions to ensure public safety;
  • Ability to use good judgment regarding the use of force;
  • Ability to learn specialized techniques specific to area of assignment;
  • Ability to command authority from members of the public through a calm demeanor and appropriate actions;
  • Ability to quickly learn the policies and procedures of the Police Department;
  • Ability to quickly learn the geographical layout of the City;
  • Ability to efficiently perform basic first aid procedures;
  • Ability to exhibit skill and accuracy in the handling and firing of assigned weapons;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language;
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures, and instructions;
  • Ability to prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations;
  • Ability to operate or quickly learn to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks;
  • Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions;
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology; 
  • Integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.
Required Special Qualifications
Probationary Police Officer
  • Must be 18 years of age and a U.S. Citizen;
  • Valid Driver's License;
  • P.O.S.T certification (Officers holding a current/valid Montana POST Basic Certificate will NOT have to attend the basic law enforcement academy.  However, all certified law enforcement officers from outside the State of Montana must take and pass the State of Montana Police Officer Equivalency Examination administered by the MLEA);
  • Demonstrated ability to pass the Department's written exam, oral boards, and designated physical and psychological tests;  
  • Ability to pass a drug test;
  • Ability to pass a background check;
  • Good moral character as defined by the Department's established regulations.
Confirmed Police Officer
  • At least one (1) year of service with the Bozeman Police Department;
  • Maintain satisfactory performance appraisals from Sergeant(s); 
  • Satisfactory completion of the MLEA Basic or equivalent and Bozeman Police Department FTO program.